The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

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20th July 2014


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20th July, 2014: Welcome home to Br Antoninus (Luke) Samy, O.P, and the 21st birthday of our newly arrived Sacristan from France, Constantin Rateau. More photos here.

We are pleased to announce that His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, will celebrate Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne, at St Aloysius’ Church on Sunday, 31st August, 2014, at 10.30 am. His Eminence will also confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on those candidates who have been registered with us.

Sacrament of Confirmation: the following candidates are now registered to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Aloysius’ on Sunday, 31st August, 2014: Caillie Franklin, Isabella and Peter De Castella, Grace Plecas, Julia Stanfield, Mary Lyall, James Davey, Matthew Paczkowski and Marcus Basic. Please pray for them as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

“Life, Family & Freedom”: World Congress of Families Regional meeting, Saturday 30th August at St Patrick’s Hall, 16 Childers Street Mentone, beginning 9 am. His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, will give the key note address at 11.30 am: “Natural Law and Conscience – Key to Freedom and to the Integrity of Marriage and the Family”. Other speakers include the Hon. Bernie Finn, MLC, and Bishop Peter Elliott. Pre-Registration is essential. To do this, or to obtain further details, please contact Babette Francis on 9822 5218,", or John Brennan

Welcome home to Br Antoninus (Luke) Samy O.P., who is on vacation from his studies at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and enjoying a brief holiday with his family. Watch the website and bulletin for details of a talk by Br Antoninus during his home visit.

Cardinal Burke will address ‘Theology@thePub’ on Friday, 29th August, from 6.30 pm at the Pumphouse Hotel. Watch the website and bulletin for further details.

AD2000 July edition: there is an informative article by Michael Daniel in this month’s edition, which details the growth of Extraordinary Form parishes and chaplaincies throughout Australia. Copies are on sale in the vestibule for $4 each.

Candles for Our Lady: it has been noted that many of those lighting votive candles at Our Lady’s Altar are not making an offering! The tea lights are not provided free, and an offering of $1 per candle is appropriate. All proceeds from the sale of candles go towards the upkeep of the Church.

Continuing the interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary of Astana (Kazakhstan) on the Liturgy, Family, the Great Crisis of the Church
, "Thanks be to God the Internet exists"

Q. How long will it be before the Church is renewed?

BAS: : ‘I am not a prophet. We can only presume. But, if you look at the history of the Church, the deepest crisis was in the fourth century, that was Arianism. This was a tremendous crisis, all the episcopacy, almost all, collaborated with the heresy. Only some bishops remained faithful, you could count them on the fingers of one hand. This crisis lasted more or less 60 years. Then the terrible crisis of the so-called Obscure century, the 10th century, when the papacy was occupied by some very wicked and immoral Roman families. They occupied the papal chair with their corrupt sons, and it was a terrible crisis.'

‘The next period of harm was the so-called exile of Avignon and was very damaging to the Church, causing the great occidental schism. All these crisis lasted some 70-80 years and were very bad for the Church. Now we are, I would say, in the fourth great crisis, in a tremendous confusion over doctrine and liturgy. We have already been in this for 50 years. Perhaps God will be merciful to us in 20 or 30 years? ‘Nevertheless we have all the beauty of the divine truths, of divine love and grace in the Church. No one can take this away, no synod, no bishop, not even a Pope can take away the treasure and beauty of the Catholic faith, of the Eucharistic Jesus, of the sacraments. The unchangeable doctrine, the unchangeable liturgical principles, the holiness of the life constitute the true power of the Church.'

Q. Our time is seen as a much more liberal era in the Church.

BAS: :‘We have to pray that God will guide his Church from this crisis and give to his Church apostles who are courageous and holy. We need defenders of the truth and defenders of the Eucharistic Jesus. When a bishop is defending the flock and defending Jesus in the Eucharist, then this bishop is defending the little ones in the Church, not the powerful ones.’

Q. So you don’t mind being unpopular?

BAS: :‘It is quite insignificant to be popular or unpopular. For every clergy the first interest is to be popular in the eyes of God and not in the eyes of today or of the powerful. Jesus said a warning: Woe of you when people speak good of you. Popularity is false. Jesus and the apostles rejected popularity. Great saints of the Church, e.g. SS Thomas More and John Fisher, rejected popularity and they are the great heroes. And those who today are worried with the popularity of the mass media and public opinion, they will not be remembered in the history. They will be remembered as cowards and not as heroes of the Faith.'

Q. The media has great expectations of Pope Francis.

BAS: : ‘Thanks be to God, Pope Francis has not expressed himself in these ways that the mass media expect from him. He has spoken until now, in his official homilies, very beautiful Catholic doctrine. I hope he will continue to teach in very clear manner the Catholic doctrine.’

Q. On sharing Holy Communion with Anglicans and others?

BAS: : This is not possible. There are different faiths. Holy Communion is not a means to achieve unity. It is the last step, not the first step. It would be a desecration of the Holy. Of course, we have to be one. Yet we have differences in belief, some substantial differences. The Eucharist is a sign of the deepest unity. It would be a lie, it would be contradictory to logic sharing Holy Communion with non-Catholics. Ecumenism is necessary in order to be in contact with our separated brethren, to love them. In the midst of the challenge of the new paganism, we can and have to collaborate with serious non-Catholics to defend the revealed Divine truth and the natural law, created by God. It will be better not to have such a structure when the State is governing the life of the Church, such as for instance the appointments of the clergy or the bishops. Such a practice of a state church would damage the Church itself. In England e.g. the State is governing the Church of England. Such an influence of the State can corrupt spiritually and theologically the church, so it is better to be free from such an established state church.’

Q. On women in the Church.

BAS: : Women are called the weaker sex, given they are physically weaker, however they are spiritually stronger and more courageous than men. It is courageous to give birth. Therefore God gave the woman a courage that a man doesn’t have

‘Of course, there were many courageous men in the persecutions. Yet God loves to choose the weak ones to confuse the powerful. For instance the Eucharistic women, about which I spoke in my book Dominus Est worked in their families and desired to help the persecuted priests in a very exceptional way. They would never have dared to touch the holy hosts with their fingers. They would refuse to even read a reading during Mass. My mother, for example who is still living in Germany, aged 82, when she first went to the West, she was shocked, scandalised, to see women in the sanctuary during Holy Mass. The true power of the Christian and Catholic woman is the power to be the heart of the family, the domestic church, to have the privilege to be the first who gives nourishment to the body of his child and also to be the first who gives nourishment to the souls of the child, teaching it the first prayer and the first truths of the Catholic faith. The most prestigious and beautiful profession of a woman is to be mother, and especially to be a Catholic mother.'

    • Sunday, July 13

    Online Registration for our New Parish

    If you have not already done so, please take the time to commit to our Parish by registering soon.

    • Saturday, August 30

    Life, Family & Freedom

    World Congress of Families Regional meeting at St Patrick’s Hall, Mentone

    • August 31


    Confirmation will be conferred at St Aloysius’ on Sunday, 31st August, 2014.

  • Newman Fellowship for Young Adults

    Our next meeting will welcome back our own Shawn Murphy, former Newman Fellowship organizer, and now novice at the Toronto Oratory.

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  • Catechesis Classes

    Fortnightly Catechesis based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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  • Bible Study Classes

    No previous knowledge is required, and everyone is welcome.

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  • Catholic Women's League Newman Parish Group

    Join the regular CWL meetings at Maryvale after Solemn Mass.

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  • Support Shawn Murphy and the Oratory

    Find out how to help Shawn, currently a Novice at the Toronto Oratory, in his formation for the Brisbane Oratory

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  • Psallamus - Our Mixed Choir

    Psallamus is our regular choir - further information and recordings are available here.

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  • The Newman Singers - Our new choir

    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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